Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 012

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 012 - ROB RONCONI

I humbly present the venerable Hasegawa/Mania Kawasaki Ki48-II Type 99 Light Bomber "Lily" 34th Flight Regiment (China 1943-44) depicted in 1/72.
Built all straight out of the box using Tamiya paint mixes, along with EZline for the radio wires, Albion Alloys brass pitot and dorsal radio loop.
- Rob Ronconi -

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 012 - ISTVAN TEKLER #2

My second entry is a Hasegawa 1/72 Mitsubishi Ki-67 "Hiryu" (Peggy). This is a much better detailed kit than the "Donryu". As there is always room for improvement, I used an Eduard PE set and a few scratch built parts. This time the lower hatch of the nose was opened. I managed to cut it off without ruining the rest of the clear part. All the markings are painted.
This plane belonged to the 61st Sentai in 1945.
Thanks again for your votes.
- István Tekler -

Monday, 16 September 2019

IJAAF & IJNAF photos & more

A photo I recently discovered on-sale on the Japanese Ebay.
The Navy pilot wears a Model 1929 (Showa 4) uniform. From 1926 until 1929 various uniforms from overseas were tested and this one used a water-proof fabric and zippers imported from France (Japanese didn't manufacture at the time).This design became the basis for all following Navy pilot uniforms. The color was "gray brown".
The seaplane looks to be a Yokosuka E1Y but I have my doubts. What do you think?   

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Japanese Aircraft Online Model Contest 012 - ISTVAN TEKLER #1

I’m sending my first entry to the contest, Hasegawa 1/72 Nakajima Ki-49 II "Donryu" (Hellen). I tried to improve the interior with some scratch built parts and structural details. Lacking references, Ki-21 and Ki-67 interiors were used as guidelines. To show the extra details, I wanted to open the hatch over the cockpit, so I cut this off. Due to the thick clear parts, it was quite difficult and ended up with damaged panels surrounding the open hatch. After a few days relax, I tried to replace the canopy frames with styrene strips and the clear panels with white glue. Finally it turned out to be acceptable.
I wasn’t satisfied with the engine exhausts, so cut them out and replaced with resin parts (1/48 Hayabusa exhausts - don’t tell anyone). Wheel bay doors were way too thick so these were replaced with scratched parts. The shape of the oil coolers below the engines were also modified, to look closer to the original ones.
This example belonged to the 74th Sentai and probably destroyed in the Philippines in the end of 1944. I wasn’t sure about the colour of the underside and painted it NMF, however they might have been light grey.
Thanks everyone for voting.

- István Tekler, Hungary -

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Artist - Vladimir Martinicky (7)

The latest work by Vladimir features a Navy Type 94 Reconnaissance Seaplane or Kawanishi E7K2 "Alf".
A photo of this floatplane is on p.36 of FAOW#47. According to the caption the photo was taken on the first half of 1942, in Singapore, Seletar port. The "Alf" belongs to the cruiser Kashii, flagship of the 1st South Fleet. The tail marking UI-1 was used from December 1941 until June 1942.
The combined fleet site mentions:
11 April 1942:
Singapore. KASHII is assigned as the flagship of Vice Admiral Ozawa's First Southern Expeditionary Fleet, Malay Force. Assigned guardship duties.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

934 Kokutai "Rufe"

There is a discussion in the comments regarding the 934Ku "Rufe" with the inazuma (lightning) on the fuselage. There is a series of good photos in the fairly recently published "Nankai no Umiwashi" by Dai Nippon Kaiga, available from our on-line bookstore here
Unfortunately I can't scan the photo without destroyng my copy so instead I'll post the artwork by Nishikawa Yoshinobu which is accurate in every respect except perhaps the hues of each color.
As you can see the tail marking is in yellow, the fuselage hinomaru have a darker surround, the wing top hinomaru have a white surround, the wing undersurface hinomaru have no surround.
It has very narrow IFF stripes on the wing leading edges.